by: S. Scott Stanikmas
When you say the name Paul Thomas Anderson, you tend to think complex plots, beautiful shots and meaty characterization. What you wouldn’t think is movies for kids.
But that’s exactly what PTA may have up his sleeve.
The Hollywood Reporter has the good word that Anderson will do a rewrite of a Pinocchio script for his buddy Robert Downey, Jr. This is a project that RDJ has apparently been working to get going for quite some time, with the actor lined up to play the role of Geppetto.
But it doesn’t stop there. Rumors are swirling that Paul Thomas Anderson may also direct as well.
The scripts have had a few drafts done so far, by names like Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman. Anderson will be working off of the first draft that was passed in by screenwriter Michael Mitnick. With names like that, you can tell Downey was shooting for a more mature story of the wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy.
Tapping PTA was an interesting choice. He and Downey are pretty close though, so it’s not too surprising. RDJ was the original choice for the lead in Inherent Vice before Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled him away.
With the success of live-action adaptations of animated classics and beloved fairy tales, Downey and Anderson would be wise to get the ball rolling on this one, before Disney gets their version announced.